New Discoveries From Ann DeWitt

Ann DeWitt, who oversees a website that claims to explore the world of black Confederate solders, has offered a new explanation as to why blacks willingly served the Confederacy:

People also forget that slaves were converted to Christianity. When you read some of the slave narratives, you will see common themes because of their Christian beliefs. Such as forgiveness, honoring  thy mother and father, and seeking rewards from heaven and not earth. Thus, many blacks forgave and went to war based on family reasons to protect their love ones to the best of their ability because in the end heaven was their greater reward and home.

To help us all out, Ms. DeWitt offers:

… the top 9 bible scriptures which may have influenced 19th Century Christian Southern slaves and freedman in serving and staying throughout the war with the Confederate States Army and Navy. I surmise that Christian values exhibited by many 19th Century Christian slaves and freedman have often been misconstrued by 20th/21st Century pundits as “happy slave” syndrome.

In her way, Ms. Dewitt’s outdone herself again … for this is right up there with her discovery of a regiment of black Confederate cooks.

By the way, Connie Chastain can’t say she overlooked this one.  Her comment in reply to the first observation?

Royal, like so many on this thread, you bring up an excellent point.

The delusions continue.

11 thoughts on “New Discoveries From Ann DeWitt

  1. wgdavis November 20, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    Black cooks regiment…oh that’s rich. Sorry I missed that one first time around. Haven’t had a laugh like that for a week!

    Does Ms. DeWitt offer some numbers and some documentary evidence for her claim? Sorry, I don’t do facebook or other social networking. How many is “many”?

  2. BorderRuffian November 20, 2011 / 4:30 pm

    So religion had no influence on 19th century Americans (whether black, white, free or slave)?


    Were there 50,000 black Confederate soldiers? No.

    But there were more than enough to make the social historian crowd very, very uncomfortable.

    What will be *their* explanation when those thousands are revealed?

    • Brooks D. Simpson November 20, 2011 / 6:15 pm

      There’s a rich literature on the religious world of the enslaved. However, none of it points to Ms. DeWitt’s claims, and you offer nothing to support her claim.

      Social historians tend not to explore military questions. However, historians are always eager to assess new information. I would love to know who’s going to reveal the existence of these additional black Confederate soldiers. Surely you would if you actually had such evidence. Otherwise, you would be guilty of concealing evidence.

    • Brooks D. Simpson November 20, 2011 / 9:19 pm

      I know logic might be strange to you, Ms. Chastain, because first she must support her assertion with actual evidence. After all, according to your logic, in a previous life you were a Klansman terrorist … because you can’t prove I’m wrong, now, can you?

      You are simply confessing that you and your ilk advance explanations for which you have no support.

  3. Connie Chastain November 20, 2011 / 10:51 pm

    You just said there’s a rich literature on the religious world of the enslaved but you haven’t offered any of it as proof that she’s wrong; you’ve offered only an unsubstantiated statement that “none of it points to Ms. DeWitt’s claims.” Why does she have to support her assertion with actual evidence, but you don’t have to support yours with actual evidence?

    Also, I made a comment about this earlier that I don’t see, so here it is again:

    Ms. DeWitt appears to be writing about Christianity from the viewpoint of a Christian — one who has actually experienced it.

    “People also forget that slaves were converted to Christianity.” That IS an excellent point. Except she may be a bit mistaken. I think, for some people, it’s less “forgetting” and more “ignoring.”

    • Brooks D. Simpson November 20, 2011 / 11:03 pm

      If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s stupidity. Once more, people have to offer evidence in proof of their assertions. Ms.DeWitt’s offered none, and neither have you, because neither of you can be bothered to open a book or to set forth evidence. That you haven’t done a lick of reading on the subject is evident, and there is no one so blind as those who will not see and none so stupid as those who refuse to learn.

      So why should I waste time setting forth the literature on slave religion? You don’t read, anyway. If Google’s your friend, you might learn to use it.

      Welcome to the spam folder. Life’s too short to put up with your bigotry and your support of terrorism and racism. Rant away. Make my day.

  4. Dan Weinfeld November 21, 2011 / 7:36 am

    At least in the region I researched, African Americans were fervently Christian, but were skeptical of the religious good-will of their white neighbors. Far from feeling connected to the white community by the religious message of the ante-bellum Southern churches, blacks in the FL panhandle immediately separated to form their own churches upon emancipation. A Freedman Bureau agent for Jackson Co., FL, reported the following, dated May 31, 1867:

    “The negroes are strictly, and peculiarly, a religious people, and are faithful in their attendance on Divine services, which are held in Churches, & Arbors all over the district, on Sabbath, and on Wednesday evenings. There are some good preachers among them. They have cut lose from the Southern Church and united with the great, ‘African Methodist Episcopal Church’ of this country, the which, the South Church did not much relish, as it deprived that Church of the negro subscription which was quite an item in furnishing said church with oil, lamps, carpet, & cushings etc. The cold. people, of course, derived [little] benefit in return for their Sunday contributions as the white divines, in consideration for it, faithfully preached unto them the great scriptural tracks “Servants be obedient unto your masters,” & that “Ham from whom they were descended, was once upon a time for a certain misdemeanor, metamorphosed unto a black man, and he and his children’s children forever were made servants of servants unto the white folks.” Several Sabbath schools have opened in the district where the aged and the young assemble on Sunday morning to read, and hear read the Scriptures.”

  5. John Foskett November 21, 2011 / 8:14 am

    Right on schedule we have the monthly promise about “thousands” of black Confederate soldiers who are going to be “revealed”. Because they haven’t been for 150 years – no photographs, memoirs, correspondence, Official Records, wartime sketches paintings- nada, zero, cipher, nothing. You’d think that with the Sesquicentennial underway we’d have the ideal platform for unleashing this ,long-awaited surprise. Guess not……….. . .

    • Brooks D. Simpson November 21, 2011 / 10:08 am

      Border Ruffian loses credibility every time he makes that claim. That’s too bad, because he’s one of the few people who is capable of dealing with the issue in a substantial way with the use of evidence. But this empty posturing makes him look bad.

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